RED ROO MODELS


RRR48112 1/48 Mirage IIIO conversion


Review by David Harvey


Review Type
First Look
Scale:
1/48
Price:
Contents and Media:
11 pieces of light grey resin and two double sided pages of instructions
Advantages:
Simple conversion for the Heller B/C kit
Disadvantages:
requires scratch building for a complete model
Recommendation:
Highly Recommended

 

Introduction

This conversion set has been out for some years now, in fact I purchased this review set whilst in East Timor on deployment in 2001/2002. The set is designed for the Heller Mirage IIIB/C kit which caters for the single and dual seat Mirage. This set is very similar in parts and construction to the Red Roo Mirage IIID set.

The instructions

The instructions show their age compared to the latest Red Roo sets but they are still sufficient to complete the conversion. You are provided with a total of four pages of which one is instructions, one with line diagrams for the conversion, page 3 is a line diagram of the ejection sheet and finally a page of Black and White reference photos. Unfortunately there are no colour images of the seat but the line diagram gives basic colour references. When used in conjunction with the book Mirage IIIO Colour and Markings in RAAF Service by Darren Mottram and Paul Mason this should pose no real problem. The line drawings on the second page give the modeller enough information to cut the plastic of the kit in the correct spots to achieve the conversion. Remember to dry fit all items prior to glueing!

The parts

The following items are provided in the set:

  • Ejection seat x 1
  • Nose cone x 1
  • Dorsal tank x 1
  • Sidewinder missile rails x 2
  • Tail cone x 1
  • Vents x 3
  • Plug for cockpit x 1
  • Plug for the rear of the nose landing gear x 1

The parts provided in this set are well cast with nice details on the surfaces. The ejection seat will require a small amount of scratch building to detail the smaller items such as the ejection handles. As with the Mirage IIID set, the conversion requires you to do a certain amount of scratch building and cutting to complete the kit, for the majority of moderately experienced modellers this should not create a problem. This set is lightly more involved than the conversion for the IIID. Red Roo also has available external fuel tanks for the Mirage, the IIIO/D 1,300 litre fuel tanks and the IIIO/D 1,700 litre fuel tanks.


Note: two seats only shown for clarity of parts, only one is provided in the set.

 

Recommendation

I highly recommend this conversion set on the basis that it is a relatively easy conversion for the moderately experienced modeller to do. It does involve some cutting of the kit parts but, as I said, these are minor and should easily be achieved.

Review set courtesy of my wallet (and the United Nations) and is available from Red Roo Models.

 

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